Team

EMS Medical Director

Dr. Neal Rushforth

Dr. Neal Rushforth is the Emergency Services Medical Director for OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center. He is responsible for the overall training and education in the System and each of the providers who operate under his medical license. Dr. Rushforth attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, and completed his residency at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Rushforth is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has been an Attending Emergency Physician at both OSF Saint Francis and OSF Saint James since 2012.

EMS System Manager

Andrew Larsen

Andrew Larsen is the EMS System Manager for OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center. He is responsible for all operations within the EMS System and providing oversight and assistance to system agencies and providers. The System Manager also coordinates Emergency/Disaster Operations for OSF Saint James by conducting drills and exercises as well as ensuring proper policies are in place. Andrew has been in EMS for over 20 years with both rural and urban agencies. Andrew is an EMT-P, Illinois Lead Instructor and an instructor for ACLS, BLS/CPR, PALS andITLS. Andrew has an associate degree in business and a bachelor's degree in health care/EMS Management. He has been with OSF HealthCare since 2015.

To contact Andrew, please call (815) 842-4938.

EMS System Coordinator

Tonya Johnson-Wilcox

Tonya Johnson-Wilcox is the EMS System Coordinator for OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center. The EMS System Coordinator is responsible for all American Heart Association (AHA) coordination, agency inspections and assists in operations of the System. Tonya has been in EMS for 20 years, starting out as a first responder and eventually becoming a paramedic. Tonya has experience with both rural and urban EMS practices in addition to years of teaching various EMS classes. Tonya is an EMT-P, Illinois Lead Instructor, ACLS, BLS/CPR, PALS and ITLS instructor and holds an associate degree. Tonya has been with OSF HealthCare, working in the EMS office, since 2005.

To contact Tonya, please call (815) 842-6821.

EMS Educator

Michael Mercer

Michael Mercer is the EMS System Educator for OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center. The Educator is responsible for all system education programs and classes throughout the system. Michael will be assisting agencies with educational needs, developing new training programs, teaching new EMS classes as well as attending system trainings throughout the year to assess our strengths and opportunities for improvement. Michael has been in EMS for over twenty years, the last fourteen as a Paramedic in the Memorial System in Springfield. Michael also has Critical Care Certification and National Registry Certification as well as State of Ill. Lead Instructor license. Michael has a Bachler’s degree from Western IL, as well as BLS, ACLS, and PALS Instructor certifications. Michael has been with OSF since July, 2019. 

To contact Michael, please call (815) 842-4984.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Open position. Please visit OSF Careers for more information.